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NTP: Timing is Everything

Jun 28, 2010, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

"What's the one thing that you see criminals, spies and other mysterious individuals doing just prior to embarking on a caper? If you said, "synchronize their watches" you guessed correctly. And, why do they do it? Because timing is everything. The Network Time Protocol (NTP) does the same thing for your systems and for the same reasons; it keeps them synchronized.

"Why is system time synchronization so important? If you've ever seen the message, "modification times are in the future" or had the misfortune to have your SAN or network attached storage deny access to a system or user account because of a time sync problem, you know why. Time sychronization is also important when you need to compare logged events between a system and a network device."

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